La Cañada Rose Parade float well underway

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Buddy Imbriale, 16, glues a piece of foam to the La Canada Flintridge Rose Parade float on Monday. Imbriale has been working on the annual float for six years. (photo/Megan O'Neil)

Buddy Imbriale, 16, glues a piece of foam to the La Canada float on Monday. Imbriale has worked on the annual float for six years. (photo/Megan O'Neil)

Two dozen paint-spattered volunteers were hard at work on the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses float on Monday. The city’s entry, titled “Scizzored Wizard,” features a 33-feet-tall animated dragon that will fold and unfold like origami paper.   

Volunteers, ages 4 to 92, cheerfully worked on foam detailing, wire framing and painting. 

Dustin Crumb, who was working on the float with his father, Dwight, and grandfather, Don, is spearheading the design and computer engineering for the project. 

“This one has been a challenge for the design side … trying to figure out how to make everything fold right and look like an origami dragon,” Crumb said. “I have spent hours folding up origami [paper].” 

The float will be moved under the 210 freeway overpass directly behind Flintridge Prep school this week. On Dec. 26, hundreds of additional volunteers will apply thousands of flowers to the float during what is traditionally referred to as “deco week.”

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Written by Megan O'Neil

December 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Posted in la cañada

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